A DONATION of inflatable kayaks has helped the Powder Monkeys Explorer Sea Scout Unit, based in Uplyme, take to the water for the first time, as the unit continues to grow and develop in its second year.
The donation of four kayaks came during lockdown from local firm Coast Water Sports.
“When the opportunity arose to make a donation of kayaks of the Explorer Sea Scouts, I was more than happy to” said Dave Stubbs, owner of Coast Water Sports.
“It remains as important as ever to give young people the chance to go out on the water and enjoy themselves.”
The Explorers spent their most recent evening in Charmouth getting out onto the water on kayaks and paddleboards, including the donated kayaks.
Leader Sarah Dean said: “We’re really thrilled with the kayaks. Dave’s donation really has enabled us to offer something different, and something exciting for local young people to do at a time when it can feel as if young people are being told to not get out and have an adventure.”
When asked about how things had gone since the unit was formed in January 2020, Sarah replied: “Well, we could never have foreseen the pandemic happening only a term into our launch, but putting that to one side, the Powder Monkeys continues to go from strength to strength.
“We’re seeing a large demand to do the top awards such as Duke of Edinburgh’s award; a lot of the Explorers want to be Young Leaders, helping with the younger sections; and there’s a massive interest of course in doing water activities along side our weekly programme.
“Ultimately, young people want to be involved because we offer not just skills for life, but something different.”
The Powder Monkeys continues to grow, with the unit recording the highest growth of any Explorer Unit in East Devon in the past year.